100 year old Frenchman cycles into the record books!!

Robert Marchand of France celebrates after setting a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100-years-old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale velodrome in Aigle. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Robert Marchand of France celebrates after setting a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100 year old category, at the Union Cycliste Internationale velodrome in Aigle.
Marchand rode 24.251km around an indoor track to establish the first-ever hour performance in the 100 year old category.

“I could have gone faster but I didn’t want to,” Marchand  (who was given clearance by his cardiologist in France before making the attempt) told reporters.

“I’m not playing at being a champion,” he said. “I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday.” But to be fully recognised as a world record, Marchand had to undergo a doping test after completing the event.

An amateur road racer, Marchand competed in the Bordeaux-Paris race at the age of 90 when he covered the 600km (372 miles) in 36 hours.

For the full article in the Otago Daily Times: click here.


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Posted on February 24, 2012, in Miscellany and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. What a remarkable achievement, such a heartwarming video.

    I loved the bit where he said: “Il n’y a pas de secret (there’s no secret) – je mange n’importe quoi (I eat anything) – j’ai pris un coup de temps en temps (I’ve had the odd drink from time to time)”

    Good for you, Robert. Wonderful.

    • Thanks for the translation cribs, Peter……. I did wonder what a ‘coup’ was! You are right, it is heart-warming, and at the age of 100 there is still a ‘bubble’ in his personality……his attitude enthuses with the joy of living.

  2. I was thinking of my father whom I took on a cruise round the Baltic when he was 100. He was the oldest passenger P and O ever had. He was cutting logs and growing strawberries in his nineties so no doubt he could have biked too, so I’m sorry I never gave him the chance

  3. Frank, I can see you doing this and setting new records into your 100s. Your dear wife can set one with you too, on a tandem.

    • Ah, Libby, what faith you have in me! However, Jenny and I have just got home from a tandem ride with a local tandem group, and she can proudly admit to having covered 42 miles as my stoker. Not bad, eh? But we won’t be riding into any record book with that………

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